Brandon Duncan – who uses Tiny Doo as his stage name is a rapper whose album – No Safety might quite possibly land him in jail for life.
The San Diego County District Attorney’s office alleges that they have proof that Duncan is an active member of a gang that orchestrated a series of shootings in California. 14 men are presently awaiting trial for the attempted murders and Duncan has been included in the bunch simply because of his mixtape and a photo found on social media that shows him with some of the alleged shooters.
There is no concrete evidence that links Duncan to the scene of the crime, nor is there proof that he fired a gun or purchased any weapons. But the prosecutors are hell-bent on enacting the 2000 law that “allows for the prosecution of gang members if they benefit from crimes committed by other gang members”.
So basically the mere fact that Duncan is a rapper who indulges in explicit material automatically implicates him even if there is no way to prove that he was directly involved in the crime.
But apparently the District Attorney’s office feels that Duncan’s affiliation with the gang compounded with his CD cover that depicts “a revolver with bullets” is more justifies his punishment. They somehow believe he was able to sell more albums because of the gang’s activity.
The trial will commence on December 4 and according to the Los Angeles Times, Duncan is being held on $1 million bail. It is also worth noting that he has never been convicted or penalized for any criminal activity in the past. If he happens to be convicted for the crime that he swears he didn’t commit – he will likely face up to life in prison.
His attorney Brian Watkins emphasized the fact that his client is suffering for his right to be creatively expressive – “ If we are trying to criminalize artistic expression, what’s next, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino?” “Every drug gangster loves ‘Scarface’. Does it encourage violence?’
Hard to believe and tragic that a rapper’s artistic endeavor can qualify him as a killer because of his preferred medium.